Intel’s higher-end CPUs, namely the Core i7, have traditionally had the company’s proprietary Hyperthreading or HT enabled. However, the next generation of the Intel Core i7 desktop processors may not have Hyperthreading. Still, these Central Processing Units or CPUs will have high performance that buyers have to come to expect from Intel’s chips.
Intel CPUs seldom had brand names that completely revealed their persona and capabilities. Although the names of the processors had incremental branding like Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and the upcoming Core i9, the internals of these chips rarely followed the seemingly simplistic and self-explanatory grading.
Till date, the Core i7 desktop processors had hyperthreading enabled, which essentially meant the CPU was capable of running two threads on each core, technically boosting performance. Intel Core i5 CPUs had the same number of cores as the i7, but didn’t get hyperthreading support. While the Core i3 processors certainly had lesser number of cores than the Core i5, the CPUs in this sub-brand did have hyperthreading.
Intel May Drop Hyperthreading In Core i7 Desktop Processors?
In the most recent iteration, the 8th-generation of Intel CPUs, the Core i3 processors too, didn’t get hyperthreading. The other differences between the CPU lines remained intact. The upcoming 9th-generation of the Intel desktop processors, however, will have some very fundamental changes. Needless to mention, the changes might add to the confusion rather than simplifying the identification of differences between the CPU sub-brands.
Leaked benchmarks of the 9th-generation of Intel Core i7-9700K desktop processor indicates several changes. It appears Intel has increased the number of cores. While the 8th-generation Intel Coffee Lake processors had six cores, the 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processors have eight cores.
The base frequency of the upcoming Core i7 processor is 3.6GHz, while in the Turbo Boost mode; the processors can go up to 4.9GHz. The 9th-generation of Intel Core i7 processors apparently has a healthy 12MB cache. These Intel processors could sport a price tag at around $350 (Rs. 24,000 approx.). Interestingly the current generation of top-end Core i7 desktop processors sport very similar pricing.
Intel Processors Above Core i7 Get The Core i9 Branding:
Intel’s processors with specifications and abilities beyond the Core i7 processors will sport the Core i9 branding. Interestingly, such chips were previously placed in X-series High-End Desktop Platform. The upcoming Intel Core i9 processor, the i9-9900K processor will have eight cores and 16-threads. The CPU will have 16MB cache and could hit 5GHz under Turbo Boost mode. Intel could price the Core i9 processors at around $450 (Rs. 30,000 approx.)
The hierarchy below the Core i9 and the Core i7 will be maintained. The upcoming Intel Core i5 processor will have six cores and six threads. The next generation Core i3 processors will have four cores and four threads.
Will The Upcoming Intel Core i7 CPUs Perform Without Hyperthreading?
Even without the highly publicized hyperthreading, the 9th-generation i7 processors should be inherently faster than its predecessors. In simple terms, a processor with dedicated eight cores and eight threads should outperform older processors with four cores and eight threads. Similarly, these Core i7 CPUs could be better than the current eighth generation of Intel processors that have six cores and 12 threads. Anyways, Intel has worked hard to ensure the peak clocks on the upcoming processors remain higher than current generation of CPUs.
Interestingly, Intel appears to be having difficulty with moving onto the next evolutionary step in CPU manufacturing. The company is working to get on the 10nm fabrication process. However technical delays may force some of its customers like Apple to go for the currently available processors that are manufactured on the 14nm manufacturing process.